Meet Vision Fellowship's Pastor

   Pastor Bob believes in the need for a deep spiritual life based on a loving relationship with God in Jesus Christ.  He has a heart for worship as he leads the contemporary singing at the beginning of the worship service.

   His preaching mixes stories, metaphors and Biblical content in ways people can relate to them.  His love for the Lord leads him in his ministry.

   Pastor Bob is an evangelical with a heart for the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  He plays guitar and leads the praise band.  He cares deeply for everyone in our congregation.

Recent Sermon

Jesus, the Visible Face of God

   One day a few years ago before the church service began, we ran pictures of members and friends on the video display.  One of our members, Harvey M., noticed something for the first time: a picture of Harvey that struck him in a new way.  He asked one of the other members that knew him well who he looked like.  Harvey had not spotted it before but realized he looked a lot like his grandfather. 

   Isn't that the way it is?  We often look like our fathers or mothers or grandparents.

   Our passage today describes Jesus as "the visible image of God."  Just as Harvey looked like his grandfather, Jesus is the face of God, His Father, that we can see.  If you want to know God better, you can know Him better by getting to know Jesus better.  You can do that by reading the Gospels and by fellowship with Him in prayer.

   Paul wants the Colossians, and us, to know that Jesus is the face of God that we can see.  So, he tells us about all God has done through Jesus--how Jesus' God nature is shown in who He is and what He has done.

   Paul tells us that:  God created everything through Jesus.  Jesus existed before everything.  Jesus was born and suffered and died and rose again.  Jesus had the full nature of God.  All of this was by God's own decision and purpose.  

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Rev. Robert N. Stradling

(Pastor Bob)

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Office Hours

9:00 A.M. - Noon   

Tuesday and Wednesday

Other hours as needed, often either Monday or Thursday mornings.  Hours are subject to pastoral emergencies and may vary in the summer months.



Office:  610-644-3904

 

   Bob was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from the University of Delaware in Electrical Engineering and from Palmer Seminary with a Master of Divinity.  

   He has served several churches in Pennsylvania, including the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney, where he lived across the street from Phil, famous star of the annual Groundhog Day. 

   He plays golf in the summer and enjoys oil painting and reading year round.  

   His wife Sharon and Bob have a good marriage of more than 30 years.  

Our Faith

   Our hope and desire is for all people to love God and have a great relationship with Him!  Is it possible to see a vision of God as He truly is?  How Glorious, Holy, Gracious and Loving is Our God!  When we begin to see God as He is, we start to live as we are meant to live in Him.  Then we begin to experience both the blessings and the challenges of a life of faith in Christ.

   God wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him.  He gives us this relationship through the grace and forgiveness brought to us through Jesus Christ.  God's free gift of His goodness to us and for us changes us from deep within by the power of the Holy Spirit.

   God's Word is the infallible written form through which we learn of Him.  God's Holy Spirit convicts us, inspires us, changes us, and lives in us when we believe in Jesus.  As Jesus' disciples we are called to a life of love in God to love and serve those around us.

   Our lives in God are filled with His presence as we seek Him.  We are promised the comfort of a heavenly life with God when we die and a New Heaven and Earth to live in throughout eternity.

   We believe in God's Word, and believe that we should be guided by it, but we realize there are differences in understanding of that Word.  We hold to evangelical basics, but we believe there is room for a variety of experences and a range of belief in our relationship with God where those basics are held.

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